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Strategic Planning: Guiding Priorities, Creating Focus, and Driving Change
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About this session:

What is your mission? How do determine the answer to that question? Strategic planning is one tool in the many that help direct us to that answer. We all face many of the same challenges related to planning, institutional change, keeping up with technology, and maintaining focus to achieve or central mission. This presentation will discuss the 2015-2016 strategic planning process for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Instructional Resources.

The University of Central Florida is undergoing a strategic planning review and the outcome of the committee’s findings of that review. At the same time we are transitioning from a decentralized, college and division heavy IT support model to an institutional service delivery model. As part of this transition classroom and conference room support, formerly done by colleges and several other departments, are being reassigned to the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR).

We expect the updated strategic plan to require much more flexibility in classroom design in the future. This part of the presentation will cover how OIR has worked to identify the resources needed to centralize support, the potential benefits outside of just supporting classrooms, how this realignment will help us better meet the expected demands of the new strategic plan, and how CCUMC and other organizations have been key to our decision-making process.

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About the presenter:

Don Merritt, University of Central Florida

Don Merritt is the Director of the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) at the University of Central Florida. OIR maintains a staff of certified Crestron programmers and CTS-certified installers to design, install and support hundreds of integrated multimedia rooms across all of UCF's campuses. In addition, OIR provides end-user support for Cisco videoconferencing and Panopto lecture capture systems for UCF. OIR is also home to UCF's Faculty Multimedia Center, a multimedia production facility dedicated to empowering faculty in the use of digital technologies. Dr. Merritt’s current research involves the participation of users with disabilities in virtual environments and video games.